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Natural Disasters

Beating nature at biology doesn't mean you'll still be able to live forever if a the ground opens up, buildings collapse on top of you, you're buried under hot ash or you're swept away by a wall of water. Will we one day be able to prevent natural disasters, who knows? Maybe increased earth monitoring we'll be able predict when its coming and get out of the way, or we'll even have personal survival suits like those developed for off-piste skiers - super advanced ones that throw an unbreakable shell around you when disaster strikes... but those are a long way off.

For now, we'll just keep track of some of the major natural disasters that hit our planet as a reminder that health and physical improvements are only part of the picture - if you're living forever eventually nature is going to strike you.


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Paul Chodas

Manager of the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) at JPL

Jay Tate

Director, The Spaceguard Centre

National Academy of Sciences (NAS)

Non-profit organization of the America's leading researchers

NASA Center for NEO Studies (CNEOS)

Center for computing asteroid and comet orbits and their probability of Earth impact

Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART)

Planetary defense mechanism demonstration and test to be carried out in 2021

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Humanitarian, non-governmental organisation that protects the rights of people affected by displacement.

Global Challenges Foundation

Non-profit organization that seeks to raise awareness of global catastrophic risk.

United States Geological Survey (USGS)

Scientific agency of the United States government which studies the landscape of the United States and the natural hazards that threaten it

Field Ready

Company that provides humanitarian supplies made-in-field to places that have undergone emergencies.

NASA

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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Natural Disasters Blog Posts

Survival chances improving daily
23-May-2013

Survival chances improving daily

We've got to survive natural disasters as well as age-related diseases

Recent News

The UK's Spaceguard Centre is a key player in tracking near-Earth objects

BBC - 28-Jun-2020

Space objects aren't in lockdown so glad someone is still keeping any eye out for existential risks

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Probes intended to intercept asteroids for planetary defence

SYFY Wire - 16-Apr-2020

Threat of asteroid collision is real - who wants to be wiped out like the dinosaurs?

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Planning ahead to save Earth - moving big rocks out of Earth's pathway

Interesting Engineering - 30-Mar-2020

We humans definitely don't want to end up like Dinosaurs did!

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Potentially devastating asteroid skims by Earth almost undetected

Independent - 20-Sep-2019

Have you got your go bag ready in case of an unexpected disaster?

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NASA reveals large meteor explosion in December 2018

BBC - 18-Mar-2019

This would have caused damage over a populated city

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